Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 price announced
GTI Edition 35
12th May, 2011
VW Polo GTI
26th November, 2010
4th August, 2011
Volkswagen is celebrating the anniversary of the GTI nameplate
with the new Golf GTI Edition 35. With 173 kW of power (18 kW more than the normal GTI), the acceleration time
from 0 to 100 km/h is 6.6 seconds. It will be released locally in September.
Back in the summer of 1976 – when the very first production Golf GTI was launched – no one ever would have
surmised what Volkswagen had just unleashed. And so the first Golf GTI surprised everyone: buyers, competitors,
the car maker and all those drivers of other sports cars who had never heard of such a thing from Volkswagen.
Since then, the GTI advanced to become one of the most successful compact sports car in automotive history. Just
5,000 GTIs were planned – yet the GTI of our day is now approaching the production milestone of two million
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 is proving the potential of this automobile. As always, it has
front-wheel drive and offers good traction thanks to its XDL extended electronic differential lock. The
Volkswagen converts its maximum torque of 300 Newton metres (2,400 to 5,200 rpm) into forward propulsion. After
just 6.6 seconds, the Golf GTI Edition 35 passes the 100 km/h mark. No other GTI before it has been this dynamic.
An optional 6-speed DSG can shift gears in a fraction of a second.
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Exterior of the Golf GTI Edition 35 in detail
For the past 35 years, Volkswagen has been developing its Golf GTI in careful steps, refining its shape like a
diamond, making its forms more precise, perfecting its handling, and making its engine performance more dynamic.
The GTI Edition 35 is no exception.
Visually, the GTI Edition 35 can be recognised by its new bumper design in front, which is equipped with
bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering and LED daytime running lights. The car’s aerodynamics were improved
by winglets (air flow surfaces) positioned at lower outboard areas in front, and the mid-section of the front
spoiler was kept in black. On the car’s sides, it is the glossy black mirror housings, side sill extensions in
body colour and the ‘35’edition badge on the front guards that identify the anniversary model. All Golf GTI
Edition 35 cars are also equipped with smoked LED rear lights, an LED-illuminated licence plate area at the rear
and smoked rear windows. In Australia, the Golf GTI Edition 35 will only be available in a five-door body
In addition, Volkswagen has developed new, standard 18-inch "Watkins Glen" alloy wheels for the Golf GTI
Edition 35 (named after a race track in the US state of New York). The wheels, fitted with 225/40 R18 tyres, are
available in one light-coloured version ("Silver") and can be ordered in one dark-coloured version ("Grey
Metallic") as an option. The five spokes on this wheel are painted black, while the rim itself is
White, red, black and grey have been classic GTI colours for 35 years. Naturally, they are also offered on the
GTI Edition 35. To be specific, Volkswagen Australia is offering this Golf in two gloss colours "Candy White"
and "Tornado Red", one metallic paint "Carbon Steel Grey" and in the pearl effect "Deep Black".
Interior of the Golf GTI Edition 35
The interior was customised with the gear shift grip in the classic golf ball look of the first generation
GTI, new decorative strips in the cabin area and the door trim panels ("Black Array" type), special door sill
plates with worked-in ‘35’logo, safety belts with red stripes and a ‘35’ integrated in the front head restraints
of the top sport seats ("Jacky" style). As an option, customers can choose "Vienna" leather appointed seat
upholstery in "Titan Black" combined with active-breathing microfibres (likewise black) for the centre seat
The ‘35’ logo appears on the backs of the seats, and all decorative seams of this seat design are in “Flash
Red". Also always in red: decorative seams around the three spoke sport steering wheel, the hand brake and gear
shift trim as well as the borders of the floor mats.
The engine of the Golf GTI Edition 35
With 173 kW of power (+18 kW compared to Golf GTI) and maximum torque of 300 Nm (+20 Nm), the Golf GTI Edition
35 delivers good performance. Its acceleration is the usual statistical measures, but more important and typical
of this GTI is its relentless torque. Acoustically, the GTI already has a full sporty sound, but new tuning of
the sound actuator makes it even sportier in this special edition.
The four cylinder engine has a 1,984 cm3 displacement. The engine in the Golf GTI Edition 35 is a turbocharged
petrol direct-injection engine of the EA113 engine series. This engine series is also found in the all-wheel
drive Golf R. The two vehicles share the same base engine. The 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine builds up its
propulsive power via a turbocharger with intercooling.
The GTI engine is controlled by a fully electronic engine management system. The engine’s pistons are equipped
with reinforced gudgeon pins. The connecting rod was also designed with greater strength, so that it can reliably
transfer high torque to the crankshaft. The cylinder block was reinforced to handle the extremely high engine
forces that occur.
Despite all of its dynamic performance, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 is also very fuel efficient,
offering a respectable combined fuel consumption of 8.3 litres per 100 km with a manual gearbox.
In the DSG version, these two values are improved to 8.2 litres per 100 km.
Power transmission in the Golf GTI Edition 35
The engine’s power is transferred via either a manual 6-speed gearbox or an optional 6-speed DSG transmission.
For 35 years, the Golf GTI has been driven via the front axle. The standard XDL extended electronic differential
lock ensures that the rubber remains on the tyres and does not end up on the street. Moreover, XDL significantly
improves handling properties. As soon as the electronics detect that the front wheel at the inside of the bend is
excessively unloaded during fast driving, the ESP hydraulics build up braking pressure at this wheel to restore
optimal traction. That is, XDL acts as a transverse differential lock that compensates for the typical
understeering of front-wheel drive vehicles during quick cornering. This results in more precise and neutral
Running gear of the Golf GTI Edition 35
Like all GTIs, the Edition 35 is equipped with a sport chassis; the body sits 15 mm lower than on a
conventional Golf. Working in front is the familiar MacPherson suspension with helical springs and telescoping
dampers. At the rear, the multi-link suspension ensures that the ESP system seldom needs to be activated. The
Volkswagen’s four disc brakes are also extremely durable and strong: braked from 100 km/h, the Golf GTI Edition
35 reaches a standstill after about 35 metres.
The Golf GTI Edition 35 is a very limited offering. Pricing starts at $43,490* for Golf GTI Edition 35 with
6-speed manual transmission and from $45,990* for Golf GTI Edition 35 with 6-speed DSG transmission.
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.